The first one came as a birthday present, along with a pretty bad – and untrue – advertising campaign (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone).
The second one magically appeared on my pillow one morning, after a long time of whining (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets).
Probably in order to prevent some more whining, the third one arrived before I could even open the second.
I had just finished shrieking out my joy, when my mother entered the room and handed me the third volume of the magical series: ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ by our dear J.K. Rowling.
There’s no exaggeration in me saying that I disappeared for at least a couple of days, absorbed in a rediscovered world of magic and wonder.
I had barely closed the second book, that I already held the Prisoner of Azkaban in my hands, ready to start a new year at Hogwarts and a new, brilliant adventure with Harry, Ron and Hermione.
It was a bit of a surprise when, right at the beginning, Harry decides to leave the Dursleys to hit the road and find his own way.
Well, not much of a surprise, considering how hideous the Dursleys are.
A magic double-deck bus takes him safely to The Leaky Cauldron, where Hermione and the Wesleys are already waiting.
The atmosphere is pretty tensed, though, since a dangerous criminal is on the loose: Sirius Black, a mass murderer, the same man who murdered Harry’s parents, a faithful servant of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
And he’s probably coming back for more – for Harry, that is.
As the school year starts in Hogwarts, everyone is on the watch.
Even the prison guards of Azkaban, the maximum security prison for sorcerers, have been called in to guard the school – ghastly caped figures, with the power to annihilate any trace of cheer and happiness as they pass by, devourers of dark memories.
With a full load of painful memories as his, Harry can’t really enjoy their presence around, even if they have been called to protect him, more than anyone else.
Though, does Harry really need protection from Sirius Black?
I didn’t even get to the last page and this book had already climbed up the chart and rested steady as number one favorite book of mine.
That was, until the fourth volume came out…
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